Political Radar


May 4th, 2014

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is going to California for a Monday fundraiser at the San Francisco home of Larry Ellison, the billionaire Oracle founder who owns most of Lanai.

Ellison is holding the evening event with Marc Benioff, the founder of Salesforce.com, according to an invitation.

A VIP roundtable is priced at $6,000. The reception is $2,500. A guest is $1,000.

Abercrombie is up against state Sen. David Ige in the Democratic primary.

The governor, who holds a massive fundraising edge over Ige, apparently had campaign money on his mind Saturday as he flew between the Big Island, Oahu and Maui to appear at the party's county conventions.

At the Oahu convention, Abercrombie spoke critically of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the April ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that lifted the caps on what campaign donors can give in aggregate to federal candidates and political party committees.

The governor marveled about one billionaire who spent about $100 million during the last election cycle through Super PACs, and may have spent even more through interest groups that do not have to disclose donors. The governor said that individual donors may now do the same directly to an unlimited number of federal candidates and political party committees after the court ruling, which he predicted will eventually reach the state and local levels.

"So this is what's going to do it for us," Abercrombie told delegates about coming together as a party to push back against that kind of money. "The values and the priorities of the Democratic Party."

7 Responses to “SF”

  1. Manoa_Fisherman:


  2. hossana:


  3. puuloke:

    It is just horrifying to think of all the actions the GG (governor-gnome) supported, which would have had such devastating consequences on teachers, pensioners, HELCO rate payers, etc, knowing he would have to face the voters for re-election. What are his plans for us now that he will have no one to answer to? Anybody but Abercrombie!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Do not reelect Neil!:

    Pay to play into Bumbercrombie's retirement!

  5. Manoa_Fisherman:

    To puuloke:

    He does answer to somebody, Mrs. Abercrombie (ouch), I meant Nancy Caraway (ouch, ouch), no I meant Professor Nancie Caraway (whew!). She is the plate throwing buddy of the Gov and protector of human trafficking victims (of which she can't or doesn't even see on Ward Avenue, Keeamoku Street or at the Century Center, duh!?).

  6. Especially Incognito:

    "I'm just a toy, just a funny boy
    That makes you laugh when you're blue
    I'll be wonderful, do just what I'm told
    I'll do anything for you"

    "I'm your puppet"

    "Just pull them little strings and I'll sing you a song
    I'm your puppet
    Make me do right or make me do wrong
    I'm your puppet"

    For thousand dollars a plate lunch, I was not impressed..
    So for two cents I will yank your chains....I mean strings...

  7. Steven Kim:

    Better or worse than Iges fundraiser at Vintage Cave? Talk about a shady group of people.

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